State grant fuels Evanesce’s plans for new plant

by | November 15, 2019 5:00 am

Last Updated: November 13, 2019 at 11:32 am

Colleton County Council members signed off on accepting a state grant that will be used to transform a vacant spec building into a state-of-the-art food service manufacturer.
The $100,000 grant from the South Carolina Department of Commerce’s Rural Infrastructure Fund will go towards Evanesce Packaging Solutions, Inc. work to turn a 100,000-square-foot spec building at Colleton County Commerce Center into its first production facility in the United States.
Evanesce, a Canadian-based food service tray manufacture, will provide a $70 million investment in establishing the facility and is expected to result in the creation of 368 jobs within the next five years.
• Council members approved the accepting of a $156,926 grant from the South Carolina Department of Education that will cover the hiring of four new school resource officers.
State officials authorized funding to hire additional school resource officers throughout the state in the last state budget.
The Colleton County School District has already put the four new school resource officers to work.
The sheriff office is responsible for the salary and fringe benefits while the school district provides the funding for law enforcement equipment and vehicles for the new school resource officers.
• Council members approved designating a variety of motor vehicles and other equipment as no longer suitable for use by the county.
The declaration allows the county to sell the vehicles or use them as trade-ins on upgraded equipment.
• Approval was given to purchase a drop-deck trailer from Pinnacle Trailer Sales, Inc. at a cost of $89,040 for use by the county’s Roads and Bridges Department.
• A second reading was given to an ordinance that would give Walterboro an easement across a portion of county-owned property at 113 Mable T. Willis Boulevard to allow the city to drill a water well that will be added to the city’s water distribution system to improve the service in the Snider’s Road area near I-95’s Exit 53 interchange.
• Council members approved a budget resolution that accepts $313,252.33 from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and South Carolina Emergency Management Division to cover the costs of 2018’s Hurricane Florence and the 2014 ice storm.
• County Council also entered into an agreement with South Carolina Department of Transportation for snow and ice removal.
The agreement would allow for the leasing or renting of motor graders with operators to handle snow and ice removal.
• A contract with Lowcountry Regional Emergency Medical Service Council, Inc. was approved that allows the county to continue using the organization for supervised field internship training program for Colleton County Fire-Rescue EMT and Paramedic students.
• Council approval was given to an automatic aid agreement between Colleton County Fire-Rescue and St. Paul’s Fire District.
• Sally V. Williams was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Colleton County Memorial Library Board.

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